Microsoft finalizes latest Forefront identity-management release

Microsoft finalizes latest Forefront identity-management release

Summary: FIM 2010 R2 is available now to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.

TOPICS: Microsoft

Microsoft quietly released to manufacturing (RTM'd) on June 1 the newest version of its Forefront Identity Manager product.

Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 is available now to those with TechNet and MSDN subscriptions. I've asked Microsoft when the product will be generally available.( No reply so far.)

Update: Microsoft officials never responded to my question on general availability. But on June 14, they issued a blog post noting FIM 2010 R2 is now generally available.

FIM is Microsoft’s digital-identity-management product that integrates with Active Directory and Exchange Server. It is the successor to the Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager offering (and before that, the Microsoft Identity Integration Server and Certificate Lifecycle Manager products). FIM handles tasks like identity schronization, certificate management, user password resets, user provisioning, etc.

Microsoft made a beta of FIM 2010 R2 available in August 2011, noting at that time that the final release would be out in the first half of 2012. FIM 2010 shipped in March 2010.

The release notes for FIM 2010 R2 are available on Microsoft's Web site. Microsoft also has published a what's new document for the FIM 2010 R2 release. FIM is one of a family of Forefront products. There's also Forefront Endpoint Security, Forefront Network (Edge) Access and Protection and Forefront Application Protection (for Exchange, Lync, etc.). There also is/was a product known as Forefront Threat Management Gateway. Microsoft officials have declined to say whether that product has been dropped or how/when/if its functionality will be continued as part of other products.

Microsoft officials recently began sharing information publicly about the company's broader identity-management strategy and plans, starting with the Windows Azure Active Directory technology.

Topic: Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • FEP is SCEP

    In your article you mentioned Forefront Endpoint Protection. That product now is under the System Center line, and is called Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection.

  • TMG, UAG, RRAS and DirectAccess

    Hi MJF:

    TMG is not IPv6-capable, which is part of the reason it might be killed off. Also, the future of UAG, RRAS and DirectAccess is also "in play", since RRAS is on the way to deprecated status and DirectAccess is really not deployable today without UAG. DirectAccess would get 1000% more traction if UAG were integrated into it and made a part of Server 2012 by default (and eliminate the name "UAG" completely).

    In any case, I hope you'll later do follow-up articles on these items when news is released.